When the time comes to relocate an aging loved one to a senior living facility,
some family caregivers are hesitant to pass along daily caregiving responsibilities
to retirement home staff. Others are more than ready for the weight of
managing their loved one’s health to be lifted of their shoulders.
In either case, nursing and retirement home staff stand to benefit from
your choice to move your aging loved one into their facility, and they
will make an effort to persuade you of their competency, qualifications,
and dedication to your senior’s wellbeing.
What to Look for When Visiting Your Senior in a Nursing Home
Keep in mind that you are still your senior’s best and most critical
advocate, despite their new residence. Even if you are confident they
will receive high quality care in their senior living facility, you must
keep an eye out for symptoms of neglect and abuse. Nursing home abuses
are committed by the staff who are legally obligated to care for them,
which lowers the incentive for reporting accidents, instances of oversight
or neglect, and symptoms of inadequate care. When you visit your senior,
look out for these signs of nursing home abuse:
- Displays of agitation, irritation, or other strong, negative emotions
- Social and emotional withdrawal
- Infections that result from poor hygiene, such as UTIs, yeast infections, etc.
- Significant weight loss or weight gain
- Unexplained bruises, sores, skin tears, or other injuries
- Odd new behaviors, such as non-communication, rocking back and forth, sucking
or chewing on things, etc.
- Unwillingness to speak or interact with staff members
- Unacceptably dirty or unkempt living conditions
- Serious injuries such as those involving broken bones, hospitalization,
slips and falls, etc.
- Death of a resident without acceptable explanation
How to Respond to Elder Abuse
If you suspect your loved one and their follow residents are experiencing
abuse in a nursing facility, retirement home, or as a part of another
elder care program, there are a few things you must do immediately:
- If you see a problem that may not necessarily be abuse, first discuss the
issue at hand (infections, cleanliness, new symptoms or issues, etc.)
with the nurses, CNAs, and nursing home staff charged with caring for
your loved one.
If you are certain your loved one has been or is being abused by nursing
home staff through deliberate action or sheer negligence, file a complaint with the
South Carolina Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, which exists to ensure seniors receive adequate care in long-term senior
- Get in touch with your loved one’s primary care provider (unless
they are directly involved in the abuse), and discuss the details of the abuse.
- If your loved one is currently in danger of recurring abuse or requires
immediate medical attention, call 911 right away.
- Call an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer.
Knowledgeable Legal Counsel for Caregivers and Victims of Nursing Home Abuse
Your loved one needs you more than ever during the aftermath of nursing
home abuse. By bringing
Christian & Davis LLC onto your team, you can delegate the legal hassle of filing a lawsuit
to our team of experienced
nursing home abuse attorneys. We know what it takes to hold nursing homes and elder care providers
accountable for harming seniors through abuse and negligence. We also
know you will likely incur significant expenses when repairing the physical
and emotional damage that result from nursing home abuse and are committed
to helping you recover the compensation you deserve.
You first consultation is on us. Call (864) 408-8890 or contact us online
to speak to a member of our team right away.